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in the u.s. is reportedly resurfacing. does it mean more attacks? brian ross has the latest on the new threats that have authorities on high alert. >>> true confession. this woman claimed to be the victim of that vicious acid attack. for the first time, we learn why she planned this hoax and burned her own face. >>> and too many wives? police investigate the family in the reality show "sister wives." one man, four women, and 16 children. will going public send the family to court? >>> good morning. >> good morning. 4 wives, 16 kids? >> maybe they should have thought about that before going on tv. >> the show's going to go on, they say. we're going to have that in our next half hour. >>> first, president obama in full campaign mode. call it his glory days tour. he's in iowa and virginia today, two of his key states from 2008. last night he had a huge college rally in wisconsin, trying to target the voters who surged the polls but have been sitting this year out. and the big question is, can he recapture some of that 2008 magic? because this has been the tea party's year. >
've got to give them a reason to vote for us. >> reporter: with less than 60 days, democrats are feeling the republican wave cresting and are pulling out the big guns. former president clinton is on the trail and soon, michelle obama will be campaigning. democrats are ready to pull money from house incumbents likely to lose, concentrating instead on those who still have a chance to win. >> this is the time when you got to do the hard math, look at the numbers. either you're making the cut or you're not. >> reporter: the news is not good for democrats. the the latest poll shows a gap of 49% to 53%. 6 points that people, voters really would rather go for the republicans than the democrats. david? >> david kerley starting us off on this labor day morning. david, thank you. >> for much more on the issue on every american's mind, jobs, we're going to turn this morning to the secretary of labor hilda solis. madam secretary, good morning to you. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. it's good to be with you. >> i wanted to start with the president, we know in wisconsin this morning and going
for us. >> reporter: with less than 60 days, democrats are feeling it cresting and pulling out the big guns. former president clinton is on the trail and soon, michelle obama will be campaigning. incumbents likely to lose, concentrating instead on those who still have the chance to win. >> this is the time when you got to do the hard math, look at the numbers. either you're making cut or you're not. >> the good news is not for republicans. the latest poll shows a gap of 49% to 53%. six points. >> for much more on the issue on every american's mind, jobs, we're going to turn to the secretary of labor hilda solis. madam secretary good morning to you. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. good to be with. you. >> i wanted to start with the president, we know in wisconsin and speaking to the people there. i want to read the numbers from the top of the broadcast. 14.9 million americans unemployed, nearly 15 million. but when you take into account those who have simply given up or settled for part-time work, 26 million americans actually looking for work. secretary solis, what could you sa
be moved? the pastor joins us with his take. >>> coming home. iran agrees to release one of the american hikers, now facing a serious cancer scare. what it means for the other two hikers still hoping to come home. >>> and music superstars take broadway. the stars of u2 sput their spin on "spider-man." one of the most-anticipated musicals ever. we'll talk to bono and the edge and get a look at the show everyone is talking about. >>> and good morning, everyone. george, i just can't imagine, just as families were sitting down to dinner, that explosion hit in that suburb, about 6:30. and police say a gas line erupted into a massive fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air. leaving a giant crater smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood. >> eyewitnesss a quarter-mile away say they felt it. and residents in the neighborhood, said there had been concerned about the gas for some time. >>> but there's a lot of confusion and frustration this morning about what is going on with that florida pastor who had threatened to burn the koran tomorrow on the anniversary of 9/11. had a dramatic press con
-care. >> reporter: that's playing right into republican hands. >> i believe washington is crushing us in spending and debt. >> reporter: is this a vote for republicans or just against democrats? >> if republicans win control of congress, it's because voters are voting against democrats. >> reporter: while conservative tea party candidates may have complicated republican efforts. experts believe they are on track to regain control of the house. with high-profile democrats in tight races, harry reid and barbara boxer, republicans could make a run at power in the senate, too. feeling that wave, mr. obama has been left with little choice but to blame his predecessor and plead for patience. >> if the economy was a car and they drove it into the ditch, they come and tap us on the shoulder and they say, we want the keys back. you can't have the keys back. you don't know how to drive. >> reporter: a message that doesn't appear to be working. >> that effort has failed. the president can continue to work to try to show voters. that they need more time. that was what ronald reagan did in 1982. at this point
25th. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are now trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is live on the front lines. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the very latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. but then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> some of us more r
. >> for the first time we hear american soldiers accused of taking part if a death squad. could the u.s. army have prevented this civilian massacre? brian ross investigates. >>> fake arrest. you're watching a california cop handcuff a teenager in his living room. his parents watching and thrilling. the boy's crime, having sex with the officer's stepdaughter. was this an abuse of power? the boy's parents join us live exclusively. >>> pandemonium. it may be the toughest job in the world to get. why 62,000 people applied for a chance to spend time with these giant pandas. >>> all over the world, 62,000 applications to spend a month with these bears. >> do you blame them? >> they are cute. we hope you had a great weekend. >>> including the leader of that megachurch vowing to fight sexual abuse charges leveled by four young men he had been working with. >> take a look at this. cell phone video taken inside a plane. the landing gear failing to activate. passengers told -- you see, keep their heads down. sparks flyout side the win dove. the pilot able to land safely. what it was like on that flight. >> t
was there. many of us were there. it was an amazing night. she looked beautiful. we've got a bunch of pictures to show you coming up later. >>> also, we have some other news about our "gma" family today. our marysol castro is celebrating her last day here at "gma." i am not celebrating. i am very upset. about this. i will miss you making fun of me all the time. >> i'm going to miss making fun of you actually. >> you have my e-mail address. so you can continue to do so. >> it won't be at 3:00 in the morning. i will definitely sleep in on the weekends. >> the girl's getting a year's prescription to ambien. >> yes, exactly of the truth be told, wonderful wedding. i happen to on my last day at work forget to pack clothing, so, girl, this is your -- i broke into your dressing room. this is your dress. it fits like a glo i promise i'll bring it back toy >> a little secret. >>> coming up this morning, we're going to take a look back at several moments just like that during mary's s run here on "gma." >> also this morning, something you rarely see or hear and t tar iely see or hear and fro
it's saturday, september 25th. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are now trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is live on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> so
ever. there have also been u.s. helicopters targeting militants in pakistan. three strikes this month. also a record. the news of the increased threat from pakistan and the stepped-up drone attacks, comes as "obama's wars" shakes up from the pentagon to kabul. bob woodward describing intense white house sessions last fall, pitting president obama against his military leadership. with the war in afghanistan getting worse by the day, the president wanted a number of options on the table, before deciding on a new strategy. but author, bob woodward, told diane sawyer, mr. obama was getting only one option from the military leaders. committing at least 40,000 troops. >> at one of the meetings, if i can quote him directly, he says, i'm pissed. and he is. they keep coming back about details. >> reporter: finally, the president grew so frustrated, he sat down and dictated a six-page document, defining the military mission. a mission he said required significantly fewer troops than the 40,000 minimum the military wanted. >> i have determined that it is in our vital national interest, to send a
. robin is starting hers a little early. it's nice to have elizabeth vargas here with us. welcome back from your vacation. >> thank you. we left as the sea was churning. you could see hurricane earl. >> it's going to define labor day weekend for so many on the east coast. 26 million in its path right now. luckily, for a lot of us in the northeast, it's losing some of its steam. it's now a category 2 storm. we're going to show a live picture of virginia beach. the storm is just offshore there. sam champion is there. you see the waves kicking up. it was a little tough ride in north carolina. >> overnight, earl came within 85 miles of cape hatteras, with wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour. that is hurricane force. and it may be a sign of what's to come further north. over the next 24 hours, hurricane earl is expected to give a second punishing blow to eastern massachusetts. that's montauk right there. hurricane warnings are all up for cape cod and martha's vineyard and nantucket. boats being pulled from the water. fema, sending supplies and telling people not to be lulled into any sense o
. this is governor sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell for u.s. senate this tuesday. >> reporter: o'donnell is up against one of delaware's most popular political figures, congressman mike castle. republican leaders think he is their only chance of winning joe biden's old senate seat. >> if she were, by some miracle to be our nominee, we would lose this seat and lose it by unprecedented numbers. >> reporter: castle has won 11 strait-wide elections in heavily-democratic delaware. in part because he is a proportion rights, pro-gun control moderate, who works with democrats. that's exactly why tea party activists don't like him. >> the republican party has lost its way. they get behind candidates like my opponent, who don't even support the republican platform. who continue to support the democrats' agenda, lock, step and barrel. >> high-stakes. we're here at the smart screen to look at the state of the overall race. let's begin with the senate right now. the magic number for republicans in the senate. they now hold 41 senate seats. they need ten to take control. this is the universe o
. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> some of us more recently than others. >> just one year ago,
house war room. he'll join us live this morning. >> i know you're looking forward to sitting down with him. >>> also, a new government study out this morning of what women earn in the workplace. more women are working in management. but have they closed the pay gap with men. the numbers are out. >>> we begin with the two developing stories this morning. martha raddatz is standing by in washington on the missile strikes. let's go right to jake tapper, traveling with president obama, in new mexico, who broke the news on his chief of staff last night. looks like it's going to happen this week, right, j >> reporter: that's right, robin. although no final official decision has been made because of family considerations, white house officials expect a final announcement on friday. rahm emanuel has never been coy about being at the head of the city with shoulders. >> one day, i would like to run for mayor, of the city of chicago. that's always been an ambition of mine. >> reporter: with richard daley's announced exit, chicago democrats began angling to replace him. putting pressure on em
hands. >> i believe washington is crushing us in spending and debt. >> reporter: is this a vote for republicans or against democrats? >> if republicans win control of congress, it's because voters are voting against democrats. >> reporter: while conservative tea party kancandidates may hav co complicated republican efforts. with high profile democrats in tight races, harry reid and barbara boxer, republicans could make a run at the senate, too. mr. obama has been left with little choice but to blame his predecessor and plead for patience. >> if the economy was a car and they drove it in the ditch, they come and tap us on the shoulder and they say, we want the keys back. you can't have the keys back. you don't know how to drive. >> reporter: a message that doesn't appear to be working. >> that effort has failed. the president can continue to work to try to show voters. they need more time. that was what ronald reagan did in 1982. they've not been able to get traction with that argument. >> reporter: starting tomorrow, we may see how he tries to adjust that message. friday he hold
. but this time, she has sarah palin. >> hi. this is governor sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell for u.s. senate this tuesday. >> reporter: o'donnell is up against one of delaware's most popular political figures, congressman mike castle. republican leaders think he is their only chance of winning joe biden's old senate seat. >> if she were, by some miracle to be our nominee, we would lose this seat and lose it by unprecedented numbers. >> reporter: castle has won 11 strait-wide elections in heavily-democratic delaware. in part because he is a proportion rights, pro-gun control moderate, who works with democrats. that's exactly why tea party activists don't like him. >> the republican party has lost its way. they get behind candidates like my opponent, who don't even support the republican platform. who continue to support the democrats' agenda, lock, step and barrel. >> high-stakes. we're here at the smart screen to look at the state of the overall race. let's begin with the senate right now. the magic number for republicans in the senate. they now hold 41 senate seats. they need ten to
the president and bring us that tomorrow. >>> we start with the controversy of the pastor that is going to burn the koran. and the imam of the proposed mosque. the imam is speaking out this morning. dan harris has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. here is that op-ed from the imam. in it, he says, quote, we are proceeding. fresh back from his taxpayer-funded speaking tour of the middle east, imam feisal raul, that if america backs down from constructing the center, quote, we cede the discourse and our future to radicals on both sides. the paradigm between the muslims and the west will continue. and meanwhile, overnight, secretary of state hillary clinton joined what has become a coordinated federal assault on that small church in florida, that plans to burn korans on 9/11. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act, that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: secretary clinton added her voice to a growing government chorus, including general david petraeus, who warned that images of koran-burning could endang
a great excuse. she got married last night. i was there. many of us were there. it was an amazing night. she looked beautiful. we've got a bunch of pictures to show you coming up later. >>> also, we have some other news about our "gma" family today. our marysol castro is celebrating her last day here at "gma." i am not celebrating. i am very upset about this. i will miss you making fun of me all the time. >> i'm going to miss making fun of you actually. >> you have my e-mail address. so you can continue to do so. >> it won't be at 3:00 in the morning. i will definitely sleep in on the weekends. >> the girl's getting a year's prescription to ambien. >> yes, exactly if the truth be told, wonderful wedding. i happened to, on my last day at work, forget to pack clothing, so, girl, this is your -- i broke into your dressing room. this is your dress. it fits like a glove. i promise i'll bring it back to you. >> a little secret. >>> coming up this morning, we're going to take a look back at several moments just like that during mary's six-year run here on "gma." >> also this morning, something
squad. could the u.s. army have prevented this civilian massacre? brian ross investigates. >>> fake arrest. you're watching a california cop handcuff a teenager in his living room. his parents watching and thrilling. the boy's crime, having sex with the officer's stepdaughter. was this an abuse of power? the boy's parents join us live exclusively. >>> pandemonium. it may be the toughest job in the world to get. why 62,000 people applied for a chance to spend time with these giant pandas. >>> all over the world, 62,000 applications to spend a month with these bears. >> do you blame them? >> they are cute. we hope you had a great weekend. >>> including the leader of that megachurch vowing to fight sexual abuse charges leveled by four young men he had been working with. >> take a look at this. cell phone video taken inside a plane. the landing gear failing to activate. passengers told -- you see, keep their heads down. sparks flyout side the win dove. the pilot able to land safely. what it was like on that flight. >> terrifying moments but first democrats went on the offensive pulling
, churning up 40-foot waves. now that rough surf is moving to the u.s. as igor moves up atlantic. full details straight ahead. >>> a new republican taking center stage. indiana congressman mike pence a surprise winner, he beat out newt gingrich, mitt romney, even sarah palin. will he run for president? what do you think about the latest of the christine o'donnell dabbling in witchcraft. we'll talk to him live in just a moment. >> he is coming up. >>> as in the next half hour, we have a major announcement. we're launching a search for the newest member of the "gma" family. anyone can apply. >> our version of "dear abby." >> that's it. >>> we look to hurricane igor. david kerley is some bermuda. >> reporter: hey, george, this is igor right now, it is so big, so massive, the tropical storm winds are going to continue through most of the day. the island getting hammered. the good news, it came ashore, apparently no fatalities. igor, howling through the streets. while igor may be a category 1 as it hits bermuda. this is a massive storm with heavy winds and the storm wall will pound the isla
, that was not the two of us doing hand dancing. >> i've been worried all morning that you're going to propose some sort of -- >> i want to. the hour's not over yet, dan. they actually used to perform for "the riverdance." this is a new dance craze they're starting. they're going to be joining us live. >> they've gone rogue, post "riverdance." >> emotionless faces. did you see that? >> i did. >> we'll talk to them, later. >>> also, we have serious news. including new details about what happened when the mother of natalee holloway, went inside a peruvian prison to confront the man she believes murdered her daughter. joran van der sloot's lawyer is now calling beth twitty's surprise jailhouse visit a, quote, ambush. we'll have the latest on that. >>> this is a story that touched a nerve with our viewers. lit up the message board. you saw the video of a father storming on to a school bus and threatening the kids he thinks is bullying his daughter. a lot of people weighed in on this. we'll be talking more about what parents should do in these sorts of circumstances. >> he's apparently looking at jail time.
hear american soldiers accused of taking part in a death squad. could the u.s. army have prevented this civilian massacre? brian ross investigates. >>> fake arrest. you're watching a california cop handcuff a teenager in his living room. his parents watching and filming. the boy's crime? having sex with the officer's stepdaughter. was this an abuse of power? the boy's parents join us live exclusively. >>> panda-monium. it may be the toughest job in the world to get. why 62,000 people applied for a chance to spend time with these giant pandas. >>> from all over the world. 62 nourks ap 62,000 applicationo spend a month with these bears. >> do you blame them? >> they are cute. we hope you had a great weekend. a lot coming up. >>> including the leader of that megachurch vowing to fight sexual abuse charges leveled by four young men he had been working with. >>> take a look at this. cell phone video taken inside a plane. the landing gear failing to activate. passengers told -- you see, keep their heads down. sparks fly outside the window. somehow the pilot able to land safely. we're goi
your cash flow situation. pnc. for the achiever in us all. >>> good morning, america. i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's friday, september 3rd. and we have breaking news overnight. hurricane earl smashes against the carolinas. 105-mile-per-hour winds. waves up to 30 feet high. flooding the outer banks. the storm threatens to swamp beaches all the way to maine. >> eastern long island and massachusetts are next in its path. and will face hurricane conditions within 24 hours. sam leads our team of correspondents, live from the storm zone. >>> also breaking overnight, a suspicious package grinds miami's airport to a halt. the bomb squad called in, as thousands of travelers are evacuated and a suspect is arrested. >>> and not again. another oil rig explosion in the gulf, flinging 13 oil workers into the water. an eerie refinder of the deadly bp disaster. what went wrong this time? >>> you see the surf there. hello, everyone. we hope you're set for a fun labor day weekend. robin is starting hers a little early. it's nice to have elizabeth vargas here with us. wel
, where the passengers on flight 93, believed to be on-target to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house. >>> and this takes place against a highly-politicized backdrop. pastor terry jones, who was calling on a burn for korans today, is now in new york city. he's planned to meet with the imam who is in charge of the islamic cultural center near ground zero. and there's been angry street protests, over the koran burning. raising the question if the damage has been done anyway. our martha raddatz is over in afghanistan this morning. we're going to go to her in a moment. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it's been the site of protests over the proposed mosque. and today will be no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there. good morning, john. >> reporter: it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. and now, the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot o
. their answers did surprise us. >> it's a fascinating story. i'm spited to see that. >>> and who says there's no more true passion in politics? check this guy out. >> if it ends tonight, i promise each and every person in this room, i will hit the ground running, come out swinging, and end up winning! >> that's phil davidson. he was running for county treasurer in ohio. he gave that rather lively campaign speech. it was posted on youtube. now he's got half a million hits. he's here live this morning. and he's much mellower than you might think. he's got a good sense of humor. we'll talk to him live na few minutes. >>> we're going to start with another about face from iran. they said they'll release the woman being held there with her two friends. her lawyer says she'll be released in two to three days. our jim sciutto has been following this all along. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a few days of enormous whiplash for sarah shourd's family. she was to be released, then friday, news that the release was canceled. now, something in between. she'll be released on bail, $500,000
terror plots here in the u.s., is reportedly resurfacing. does it mean more attacks? brian ross has the latest on the new thoughts that has authorities on high alert. >>> true confession. this woman claimed to be the victim of that vicious acid attack. for the first time, we learn why she planned this hoax and burned her own face. >>> and too many wives? police investigating the family in the reality show "sister wives." will the public send the family to court? >> four wives? 16 kids? >> maybe they should have thought about that before going on tv. >> the show's going to go, on they say. we're going to have that in our next half hour. >>> first, president obama in full campaign mode. he's in iowa and virginia today. two of his key states from 2008. last night he had a huge college rally in wisconsin, trying to target the voters who surged the polls but have been sitting this year out. and the big question is, can he recapture some of that 2008 magic? it's been the tea party's year. >> it certainly has. >>> also this morning, strong charges coming from a man accusing the pastor in t
. nine u.s. soldiers have been killed. let's go to miguel marquez in afghanistan with the latest. miguel? >> reporter: in addition, to the nine soldiers killed, one u.s. soldiered injured, one afghan death, as well. it's just north of where i am, in kandahar province. it happened in zabul province, a mountainous region. troops are coming here every day by the hundreds or thousands. the last time the u.s. suffered this bad a crash was back in 2006, when a chinook went down. we're not entirely certain what type of chopper this was. the taliban has claimed credit. but u.s. officials here say there's no credible claim of enemy fire in that region. and they still don't know what brought the chopper down. often, the taliban takes credit for these things just to do it. this is part of an overall effort here in kandahar and across the country. the surge of troops that president obama ordered are in-country. and they are moving into the final phase of that surge, getting ready, getting into the hottest of the offensive operations. but they will be conducting. it is likely that we're going to see
[ male announcer ] citi thankyou points can be used for almost anything you choose. what's your story? citi can help you write it. >>> that's what's making news in >>> good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's wednesday, september 29th. and this morning, flood warning. tropical weather set to bring heavy downpours from florida to new england, over the next 48 hours. some places have already had a foot of rain. sam is on the flood watch. >>> also breaking, the radical cleric, connected to the recent failed terror plots here in the u.s., is reportedly resurfacing. does it mean more attacks? brian ross has the latest on the new thoughts that has authorities on high alert. >>> true confession. this woman claimed to be the victim of that vicious acid attack. for the first time, we learn why she planned this hoax and burned her own face. >>> and too many wives? police investigating the family in the reality show "sister wives." will the public send the family to court? >> four wives? 16 kids? >> maybe they should have thought about that before go
, believed to be on-target to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house. >> as you noted, this year's remembrances take place against a highly-political backdrop. pastor terry jones arrived in new york city late last night. he is hoping to meet with the imam behind the cultural at ground zero. there's protests raising questions whether the damage has been done anyway. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it has been a site of protest over the proposed mosque. today is no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there live. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. for the proposed islamic center and for the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot of words from pastor terry jones, as he arrived in new york city late last night, after a week of a circus atmosphere in gainesville, florida, where jones sta
the world. we asked adults and kids to see how they answer it today. their answers did surprise us. >> it's a fascinating story. i'm spited to see that. >>> and who says there's no more true passion in politics? check this guy out. >> if it ends tonight, i promise each and every person in this room, i will hit the ground running, come out swinging, and end up winning! >> that's phil davidson. he was running for county treasurer in ohio. he gave that rather lively campaign speech. it was posted on youtube. now he's got half a million hits. he's here live this morning. and he's much mellower than you might think. he's got a good sense of humor. we'll talk to him live na few minutes. >>> we're going to start with another about face from iran. they said they'll release the woman being held there with her two friends. her lawyer says she'll be released in two to three days. our jim sciutto has been following this all along. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a few days of enormous whiplash for sarah shourd's family. she was to be released, then friday, news that the release was canc
efforts. we have coverage all up and down the coast this morning. and, of course, sam starts us off from the north carolina coast in atlantic beach, where everyone is on high alert. good morning, sam. >> good morning, robin. the waters are chopping up this morning because earl is about 350 miles away from where we're standing right now. as george said, bigger and stronger than it ever was. at 145 miles per hour, this storm is just ten miles away. 10-mile-per-hour change in the winds, from a rare category 5 hurricane. here's the latest track on earl. here's what is expected this storm will do over the next two or three days. that is move along the carolina coastline, with hurricane-force winds to be felt here. to continue to curve up the shoreline, with hurricane-force winds to be felt near cape cod. and all the way along, we'll see waves in the 12 to 16-foot category. earl may have been a storm that was difficult to get everyone's attention with. but now, it's a storm that demands attention. >> this eye looks about 25 miles wide. >> reporter: it's an exclusive view of the eye of earl. fr
told him she was tired of defending him. she told us what she really thought about the president's response. and former president clinton, too, weighs in on that, and sarah palin. he's in town for his global initiative. and how he felt walking chelsea down the aisle last month. >>> we're going to begin with breaking news this morning. the helicopter crash in southern afghanistan. nine u.s. soldiers have been killed. let's go to miguel marquez in afghanistan with the latest. miguel? >> reporter: hi, george. in addition to the nine soldiers killed, one u.s. soldier injured, one afghan death as well. it's just north of where i am, in kandahar province. it happened in zabul province, a mountainous region. helicopters are a very common, common sight around here. troops are coming here every day by the hundreds or thousands. the last time the u.s. suffered this bad a crash was back in 2006, when a chinook went down. we're not entirely sure what sort of chopper this was. the taliban has claimed credit. but u.s. officials here say there's no credible claim of enemy fire in that region. a
dancing? and no, that was not the two of us doing hand dancing. >> i've been worried all morning that you're going to propose some sort of -- >> i want to. this is a new dance craze they're starting. they're going to be joining us live. >> they've gone rogue, post "riverdance." >> did you see their face? >>> also, we have serious news. including new details about what happened when the mother of natalee holloway, went inside a peruvian prison to confront the man she believes murdered her daughter. they're calling her surprise visit, an ambush. we'll have the latest on that. >>> this is a story that touched a nerve with our viewers. lit up the message board. you saw the video of a father storming on to a school bus and threatening the kids he thinks is bullying his daughter. a lot of people weighed in on this. we'll be talking more about what parents should do in these sorts of circumstances. >> he's apparently looking at jail time. >> he came out and apologized. >>> you heard about overnight, big news from hollywood. lindsay lohan, the struggling starlet admitted she failed a drug test. t
attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected to become a hurricane later tonight. s
. the iranian president calls the terror attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected
. the iranian president calls the terror attacks a cover-up sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her daughter on. why the cheers ended with charges of child abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? the children's show explains why it pulled plug on katy perry's appearance. is it about the kids or the parents? >>> there was a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night when i told the girls that elmo and grover would be here to talk about that story. they cheered. except harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure he can do that. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot of ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after massive flooding in parts of wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then there's a new
. >>> and need for speed. erin andrews takes us inside a nascar race car as it hits top speeds. can she handle 4 gs at 170 miles per hour? >>> good morning, america. and good morning, dan harris. just back from iraq. where you were covering the official end to the combat mission there. >> thank you. i was back here. >>> want to talk about the weather this weekend. hurricane earl is now tropical storm earl. it moved past long island about 8:00 p.m. last night. 11:00 p.m., it was downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds at 70 miles per hour. it was that strength it swept by cape cod and nantucket. >> so, the good news is that storm wasn't that bad. no hurricane-force winds. no widespread damage. the bad news is that the storm has created serious migraines on this labor day weekend, with travel delays, dangerous 15-foot waves in some areas and a ton of rain in new england. in north carolina this morning, they're trying to get those flooded roads open again, so vacationers can get back out to the outer banks. now, we're hearing that there are two more storm systems teed up out in the atl
to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house, even. >> and the president is at the pentagon, where he just paid his respects to the 184 people who were killed in the attack there. and touched on the controversy surrounding the conversery this year. >> they may seek to spark conflict between different faiths. but as americans, we are not and never will be, at war with islam. it was not a religion that attacked us that september day. it was al qaeda. >> part of the reason, of course, this anniversary has become so politicized is pastor terry jones, who had planned to burn korans today. but then, he called it off. he arrived here in new york city late last night, hoping to meet with the imam behind that planned cultural center near ground zero. >>> meanwhile, in afghanistan, there's angry street protests over the proposed koran burning. even though it didn't happen. our martha raddatz is in afghanistan. we'll go live to her in a minute. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it's been the site of protest over the proposed mosque. today is no exception. but there will also be memorials
to the u.s. newt gingrich unveiled his plan on the steps of the capitol in 1994. >> we're offering the boldest contract in the history of the united states. >> reporter: even nancy pelosi put forth a promised agenda before democrats won control in 2006. the contract includes specific pieces of legislation. many of which republicans have already tied. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: and failed to get through the democratic congress. the pledge hasn't been released yet. but democrats are attacking it. calling it a return to what they call the failed policies of the bush years. as the democratic leader of the house, his office put it, the pledge should read something like this. i pledge allegiance to the wealthiest of the wealthy, who we will protect before the middle class. in other words, george, the campaign is well under way. >> jon karl, thank you very much. >>> the president was taking it on last night, as well. he's here in new york to speak to the united nations this morning. all the fallout after bob woodward's bombshell of a book. jake tapper is here with the la
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